The expectation that the battle against the virus will be a long one was reinforced by news from Japan that its prime minister has admitted for the first time that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be postponed.
Nearly 20,000 people are tested every day for coronavirus in South Korea, more people per capita than anywhere else in the world.
South Korea has created a network of public and private laboratories and provides dozens of drive-through centers where people with symptoms can check their health status.
The country developed its approach after an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2015, when 36 people died in South Korea, which had the second-largest number of MERS cases after Saudi Arabia.
MERS forced South Korea to reassess its approach to infectious diseases and its Centers for Disease Control set up a special department to prepare for the worst, a move which appears to have paid off.
Laws on managing and publicly sharing information on patients with infectious diseases changed significantly after MERS and could be seen in action this year when the government used phone alerts to tell people if they were in the vicinity of a patient.
This weekend, the South Korean government stepped up preventative action by sending out emergency alerts urging people to stay away from places which encourage mass gatherings such as churches, karaoke rooms, nightclubs and gyms.
The government also asked religious leaders to check the temperature of followers and keep them at least 6ft apart during any services they deemed necessary.
A number of churches in South Korea are now facing legal action after violating the guidelines.
South Korea has seen two waves of infections, Yonhap news agency reports, the first beginning on January 20 with the first confirmed case, and the second with mass infections among a religious group.
Now there are fears that imported cases could fuel a third wave.
The government plans to install around 20 phone booth-style test facilities inside Incheon Airport to speed up the process of testing all arrivals from Europe.
The new entry procedures started on March 22. So far, 152 people have arrived in South Korea showing symptoms of the virus and they are awaiting their test results.
California is, nonetheless, one of the main centers of the coronavirus in the US, and the state’s Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an order covering virtually the entire population of 40 million people.
Speaking from the state’s emergency operations centre in Sacramento – a place that is normally used to coordinate the response to wildfires or earthquakes – Governor Newsom called on people here to only leave their homes if it was absolutely necessary, to get food, collect medicines, or care for a friend or relative.
Citing a model that state planners here have been using, the governor predicted that more than half of California’s population will contract the virus over the course of the next eight weeks – a staggering total of around 25 million people.
Governor Newsom said that cases of the virus were doubling every four hours in some areas, and – based on projections – nearly 20,000 more hospital beds would be needed to deal with the effects of the outbreak than the state could currently provide.
He is asking Congress for a billion dollars in federal funding to support California’s response to the crisis, and calling for a navy hospital ship to be deployed to the Port of Los Angeles to help deal with the anticipated surge in patients.
Governments from around the world have asked people to stay at home to help preventing and slowing down the spread of coronavirus.
Self-isolating means cutting yourself off from the rest of the world.
From now on, if one person in a household starts to display flu-like symptoms – defined as a fever of above 100F (37.8C) or a persistent cough – everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days.
The person with the symptoms should stay in a well-ventilated room with a window that can be opened, and keep away from other people in the home.
They should ask for help for groceries, other shopping or medication, which can be dropped off on the doorstep by friends, family or delivery drivers.
The Covid-19 disease can cause a fever, cough and breathing problems. It takes five days on average for people to start showing the symptoms.
What if someone self-isolating shares a home?
If someone is self-isolating and shares a kitchen, they should try to avoid using it when other people are there and take meals back to their room to eat. Clean all the surfaces at home with household cleaning products daily.
Although they might not be able to entirely separate themselves from family members or flat-mates, the advice is to limit contact as much as possible.
If possible, stay at least 6ft from other people they live with and sleep alone. Keep away from vulnerable people.
People living with someone in isolation should wash their hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially after coming into contact with them.
Other people shouldn’t share towels, toiletries or other household items with someone in isolation, who should have a separate bathroom. If that is not possible, the isolated person should use the bathroom last, cleaning it thoroughly afterwards if they are able.
Any rubbish that the isolated person has been in contact with should be double-bagged and kept.
Meanwhile, Spain has confirmed a 15-day lockdown as part of emergency measures.
There will also be a reduction in medium-distance rail traffic to stem the spread of people around the country, and economic measures to support businesses and workers.
After a lengthy meeting of the country’s government cabinet, Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez said a partial lockdown would be in place across the country, with the armed forces on standby to assist with relief efforts.
All stores will be forced to close, except for those selling food and other basic necessities.
Pedro Sánchez said the state of emergency could be extended with congressional approval.
Authorities recorded 1,800 more cases since March 13 – many in the capital Madrid.
This will be the second state of emergency in the country since the transition to democracy began in 1975, the first being a 2010 air traffic controllers’ strike.
With 191 deaths and 6,046 infections, Spain is the worst-hit European country after Italy.
Rome declared a nationwide lockdown on March 16. More than 1,440 people have died in Italy.
Meanwhile, the US is extending its European coronavirus travel ban to include the UK and Republic of Ireland. The ban will begin at midnight EST on March 16, VP Mike Pence announced.
On March 13, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Europe was now the “epicenter” of the pandemic.
The WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urged countries to use aggressive measures, community mobilization and social distancing to save lives.
In Italy, where there are 12,447 confirmed cases, PM Giuseppe Conte has announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the country.
On March 11, Italian health officials said the death toll there had risen to 827 from 631. Nearly 900 people with the virus in Italy were in intensive care, the WHO’s emergencies head Michael Ryan said.
Dr. Ryan said the situation in Iran – where there were 354 deaths among 9,000 cases – was “very serious”. The WHO had sent 40,000 testing kits to Iran but there was still a shortage of ventilators and oxygen.
He said: “Iran and Italy are suffering now but I guarantee you other countries will be in that situation very soon.”
France said there had been 48 deaths in the country, an increase of 15 from March 10. There are 2,281 confirmed cases. Coronavirus-linked restrictions have been extended to two more areas, France’s health minister said.
In the western US, Washington state is banning some large gatherings in certain areas and has told all school districts to prepare for possible closures in the coming days. The governor of Seattle’s King County said he expected a serious coronavirus outbreak within weeks.
In the eastern US, New York’s governor announced that troops would be sent into New Rochelle, in an attempt to contain an outbreak of the virus, as the total number of US cases passed 1,000 on March 11.
A one-mile containment zone was in force around the town north of Manhattan. Some individuals have been quarantined.
A number of countries have imposed sweeping travel restrictions. India has suspended most visas for foreigners until April 15. Guatemala is banning European citizens from entering from March 12.
Music festivals and other major events in the US, including Coachella festival in California, have been canceled or postponed. The E3 gaming show set for Los Angeles in June is among those canceled.
Thousands of flights have been canceled worldwide as airlines struggle to cope with a slump in demand.
UK health minister Nadine Dorries announced she had tested positive for coronavirus and was self-isolating at home.
Several countries – including Sweden and Bulgaria, as well as the Republic of Ireland – have recorded their first deaths, while the number of confirmed cases in Qatar jumped from 24 to 262.
China – where the virus was first detected – has seen a total of 80,754 confirmed cases and 3,136 deaths. However, China recorded its lowest number of new infections, just 19, on March 10.
It is not known how many meetings Nadine Dorries had attended at Westminster or in her constituency in recent days, but she was at an event at Downing Street on March 5 to mark International Women’s Day.
She also held a surgery in her constituency on March 6 which was attended by up to 12 people, according to Steven Dixon, chair of the Mid Bedfordshire Conservative Association.
Steven Dixon said the details of all those who attended the surgery have been passed to the NHS.
The Flitwick Club, where the surgery took place, is undergoing a deep clean as a precaution.
The Department of Health said ministers – including the prime minister – would not need to undergo testing as Public Health England (PHE) has assessed the risk of Nadine Dorries’ close contacts and only those with symptoms needed to self-isolate.
Nadine Dorries added she was worried about her 84-year-old mother who was staying with her and began to cough on March 10.
The number of total cases for the UK include 324 cases in England, 27 in Scotland, 16 in Northern Ireland and 15 in Wales.
There are 91 in London, with the next highest infected area being the south-east, with 51 cases. The latest person to die, on March 9, was a man in his 80s, with underlying health conditions, who was being treated at Watford General Hospital.
The man caught the virus in the UK and officials are trying to trace who he had been in contact with.
Italy’s coronavirus death toll has soared to 366, with 133 deaths in just one, officials say.
According to the Civil Protection agency, the total number of infections leapt 25% to 7,375 from 5,883.
The jump in figures comes as millions adapt to radical measures introduced on March 8 in an attempt to contain the outbreak.
Under new quarantine rules, up to 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 provinces need special permission to travel.
PM Giuseppe Conte also announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the whole country.
The restrictions will last until April 3.
The latest figures mean Italy now has the highest number of confirmed infections outside China, where the outbreak originated in December. The outbreak has overtaken South Korea, where the total number of cases is 7,313.
Among the latest people to test positive in Italy is the army’s chief of staff. Salvatore Farina said he felt well and was self-isolating.
The strict new quarantine measures affect a quarter of the Italian population and center on the rich northern part of the country that powers its economy.
The health system is under immense strain in Lombardy, a northern region of 10 million people, where people are being treated in hospital corridors.
Prime Minister Conte said as he announced the measures on March 8: “We want to guarantee the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big.”
Under the new measures, people are not supposed to be able to enter or leave Lombardy, where Milan is the main city.
The same restrictions apply to 14 provinces: Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice.
Some transport in and out of the regions affected continued on March 8. Flights still arrived at Milan’s Malpensa and Linate airports, though some scheduled flights were canceled.
However, Italy’s national carrier Alitalia said it would suspend all operations from Malpensa from March 9 and Linate would only serve domestic routes. International flights would continue to and from Rome. The WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Italy for making “genuine sacrifices” with the restrictions. Until March 8 only about 50,000 people in northern Italy had been affected by quarantines.
The number of infections worldwide is more than 107,000, with about 3,600 deaths.
Most of the fatalities have been in China. However, the country reported on March 8 its lowest number of new infections in a single day since January – an indication that the virus’s spread there is slowing.
Iran, one of the worst hotspots outside China, has now confirmed 6,566 infections and 194 deaths.
However, the real figure is feared to be much higher. One report on March 8, quoting a government envoy, said there had been 200 deaths in the northern Gilan province alone – but the figures were later removed.
So, how can you prevent spreading or catching a virus?
Avoid touching your face, your mouth, your nose and your eyes as this is a possible route of the virus to enter and cause infection.
If you cough or sneeze and you don’t put your hand to your mouth and you touch surfaces, the virus can survive for several hours outside the body.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
So it’s important that you wash your hands effectively.
How to wash your hands:
take some soap
create a lather
clean the back of your hands and in between your fingers, the end of your fingers, your thumb (germs are present around nail area and on the back of the hands). Again, your palms. Your wrist and the top of your hand again.
rinse the soap off with water
turn off the tap with a tissue to prevent cross-contamination
The Italian government is considering closing schools and universities until mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak, local media reports say.
The plan to close schools and universities across the country until mid-March was reportedly discussed at a government meeting focusing on the introduction of emergency measures for tackling the spread of coronavirus.
Responding to the reports, Italian Education Minister Lucia Azzolina said that the decision – reported by the Italian news agency Ansa and several local outlets – had not yet been taken but would be decided “in the next few hours”.
Earlier officials reported a jump in cases and deaths from the virus.
Italy has reported a 50% jump in deaths in the past 24 hours, with the total standing at 79. Most of the deaths are in Lombardy.
There are now almost 90,000 cases worldwide in about 70 countries, although the vast majority – just under 90% – remain in China, and most of those are in Hubei province where the virus originated late last year.
Of the nearly 8,800 cases outside China, 81% are in four countries – Iran, South Korea, Italy and Japan.
One of the countries worst affected outside China – Italy – said on March 2 that the death toll there had risen by 18 to 52. There are 1,835 confirmed cases, most of them in the Lombardy and Veneto areas of the north. Nearly 150 people are said to have recovered.
However, Italy is seeing a slowdown in new cases. On March 2, the authorities said there were 258 new cases of the virus – a 16% increase on the previous day – after new cases spiked by 50% on March 1.
According to the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), the sudden increase in cases in countries outside China is “deeply concerning”.
On February 25, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington was concerned that Iran may have concealed “vital details” about its outbreak and urged all nations to “tell the truth about the coronavirus”.
More people have died in Iran from the new coronavirus than anywhere else outside China. Iran and China have strong trading links.
The other countries currently in the spotlight are Italy and South Korea, where cases have surged in recent days.
Most coronavirus infections are in China, the original source of the virus, where 77,000 people have the disease and nearly 2,600 have died. The number of new cases there is now falling.
More than 1,200 cases have been confirmed in about 30 other countries and there have been more than 20 deaths. Italy reported four more deaths on February 24, raising the total there to seven.
China’s government announced a ban on the consumption of wild animals and a crackdown on the hunting, transportation and trade of prohibited species, state media say.
It is thought that the outbreak originated at a market in the city of Wuhan selling wild animals.
On February 24, China reported 409 new infections, the bulk of which were in Wuhan.
South Korea has the largest number of confirmed cases outside China. On February 24, the Asian country reported another 231 COVID-19 infections on taking the total there to more than 830. Eight people have died.
Around 7,700 troops have been quarantined after 11 military members were infected.
However, the biggest virus clusters have been linked to a hospital and a religious group near the south-eastern city of Daegu.
Italy has the largest number of cases in Europe, 229, and announced a series of drastic measures over the weekend to try to contain the outbreak.
In the regions of Lombardy and Veneto, a lock-down is in place in several small towns. For the next two weeks, 50,000 residents will not be able to leave without special permission.
Even outside the zone, many businesses and schools have suspended activities, and sporting events have been cancelled.
Three deaths announced on February 24 were all in Lombardy, Italian media reported.
It is not yet clear how the virus entered the country, officials said.
On February 23, Iran announced it had 61 confirmed cases of coronavirus, most of them in the holy city of Qom. Twelve of those infected have died, the highest number of deaths outside China.
On February 24, a lawmaker in Qom accused the government of covering up the extent of the outbreak, saying there were 50 deaths in the city alone. However, the country’s deputy health minister quickly denied the claim.
On the same day, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain reported their first cases, all involving people who had come from Iran. Officials in Bahrain said the patient infected there was a school bus driver, and several schools had been closed as a result.
Worldwide stock markets saw sharp falls because of concerns about the economic impact of the virus.
China said it would postpone the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress in March, to “continue the efforts” against the coronavirus.
The meeting, which approves decisions made by the Communist Party, has taken place every year since 1978.
The proportion of infected people who die from Covid-19 appears to be between 1% and 2%, although the WHO cautions that the mortality rate is not known yet.
On February 24, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain reported their first cases, all involving people who had come from Iran. Officials in Bahrain said the patient infected there was a school bus driver, and several schools had been closed as a result.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, chief of the WHO, told reporters on February 24 that the number of new cases in recent days in Iran, Italy and South Korea was “deeply concerning”.
However he added: “For the moment we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus and we are not witnessing large scale severe disease or deaths.
“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet.”
“The key message that should give all countries hope, courage and confidence is that this virus can be contained, indeed there are many countries that have done exactly that,” he added.
“Using the word ‘pandemic’ now does not fit the facts but may certainly cause fear.”
However, Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program, said now was the time to make “do everything you would do to prepare for a pandemic”.
Stress is a part of everyday life, but that doesn’t mean we have to suffer under the massive weight it can often bring into our lives. Believe it or not, you don’t need to take medication to get your stress under control.
There are plenty of ways to manage stress naturally, so you don’t have to worry about harmful side-effects or becoming dependent on OTC or prescription drugs.
Whether you’re someone that’s suffering from anxiety, depression, or you’re just prone to being stressed out, these natural remedies will help you re-center yourself and reach a point of calm in your day.
Is Stress Really Dangerous?
We hear all the time about how stress can be “dangerous”, but is it really so bad for the body and mind? According to Healthline, stress can have numerous effects on both halves of your wholeness, from making it harder to control emotions to heart problems and much more. (The full article can be found here)
All kinds of life occurrences can stress us out. Little things like missing a phone charger or forgetting the spaghetti sauce at the store can cause stress, and bigger things like our jobs, children, and relationships can cause more than their share of stress.
Stress becomes dangerous when it starts affecting things like mood, appetite, and behavior.
People with depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions are particularly impacted by stress. Stress can increase the volatility of symptoms, cause erratic behavior, and make the condition seem even worse overall. When your body and mind scream “Listen to me, I’m hurting!” it’s time to listen up.
Learning to manage stress can not only protect both your physical and mental health, but it can also help you feel better about life in general. When stress becomes overwhelming, it can be difficult to view things through a positive lens, which can make life seem dull and grey. Life is beautiful and full of opportunities, so let’s take a look at some natural ways to manage stress so you can take control of your life and your health.
Take Up An Instrument or Other Creative Hobby
Did you know that things like art, musical instruments, and other creative hobbies make excellent stress-reducers? Creating music reduces stress by offering the brain a positive outlet for negative feelings, and giving that stressed-out mind something constructive to focus on.
An instrument can be a great way to get in tune with your emotions, as the music sometimes says what your words cannot.
Things like painting, drawing, and crafts also help reduce stress in a similar way. Sometimes, it’s just a good thing to see all of your stress channeled into a beautiful painting or crafty project. Try an instrument or some other creative hobby as a stress-reducer, and you’ll find that what was once a negative experience becomes something positive and constructive.
You knew this one was coming, right? Every guru says exercise to reduce your stress, but there’s a reason it’s one of the best medicines for stress. Getting your body moving increases blood flow to the brain and the body, and can have the following positive effects:
Improved mood & outlook
An increase in your energy and motivation
Reduce the risk of disease (specifically heart disease)
Improve memory and cognitive function
Improve the quality of your sleep
Reduce your BMI
Give yourself a confidence boost
All of these positive effects work hand-in-hand to help reduce your stress. The healthier your body is, the healthier your mind will be, and vice-versa. The two are endlessly connected, and what affects one can affect the other.
Spend Quality Time With Loved Ones
Remember that “high” you feel after you spend quality time with the people you love? A girlfriend, boyfriend, or spouse? A grandparent? A child? You probably feel much less stressed out after spending quality time with family (at least you should!) and that’s because spending time with those you love reduces the levels of cortisol in your body (this is a stress hormone).
That means it’s time to make that trip to see grandma and grandpa or schedule some time with your wife/significant other.
The people in our lives provide vital support in times of crisis, and without them, life can seem lonely. Humans are very much social creatures, and if friends and family can help reduce stress naturally, that’s all the more reason to make time for them!
Stress is Here to Stay
People spend entire lifetimes searching for ways to completely eliminate stress, but the fact is, this isn’t possible. Stress is a necessary part of life, but it’s up to us to determine what stressors are worth dealing with and to find new and productive ways of reducing stress’s effects on our bodies and minds.
Drinking alcohol with your friends is like a rite of passage. Unfortunately, this rite of passage can become toxic, lead to many health problems depending on how often someone drinks and the quantity of alcohol consumed, and it can create many other problems in your life. Not everyone is addicted to alcohol, but there are many people who are and the sooner they quit drinking, the better. If you’re considering hanging up your drinking shoes, here are seven helpful tips for quitting alcohol.
Consider rehab and AA.
Depending on how much a person drinks, quitting cold turkey can be dangerous and even life-threatening as alcohol withdrawals can be lethal. Many people consider rehab as it gives them a setting and support system for quitting, not to mention people in rehab are monitored around the clock and can detox safely.
Many alcoholics, whether they opt for rehab or not, go to Alcoholics Anonymous because it’s a support system in which people can relate to one another and the members encourage each other to stay sober. AA allows people to talk through their problems and get to the root of why they abused alcohol in the past.
Another option is therapy. If considering this option, we encourage people to visit withtherapy.com as WithTherapy “is a matchmaker that uses science to pair you with a personalized shortlist of therapists.” Therapy can give you a space to talk about your thoughts, feelings, and problems, but unlike AA, it takes place in a personal setting, with just you and your therapist.
Write down why you want to quit and what drinking is costing you.
Similar to creating goals, writing down why you want to quit and what drinking is costing you can help you realize the harms of drinking and all the benefits of staying sober. Like a goals list, you should constantly monitor your why so it stays fresh in your brain. While creating this list, you’ll get a better and more realistic idea of why drinking is detrimental to your life. This list isn’t meant to shame you—it’s meant to make you see more clearly.
Tell your loved ones about your decision.
Telling your friends and family members about your decision can help you create a support system as well as take the peer pressure of drinking off you. They’ll also see how important this decision is for you and that you’re trying to better your life.
Build a strong support team.
On that note, building a strong support team is essential when trying to quit alcohol because there are going to be times when all you want to do is drink. You’ll try to reason with yourself that you’re only going to have one beer or glass of wine, but, unfortunately, willpower is tougher to achieve when you have an addiction.
A support team will cheer you on and help you reach sobriety. Whether it be AA or your loved ones or both, creating a strong support team can help you quit alcohol.
Steer clear of bars and places you used to drink.
You might be able to go to bars someday and not drink, but when your sobriety journey is fresh, it’s best to stay away from all temptations. This can include bars or restaurants. Don’t keep alcohol in your home when you’re trying to quit. Many alcoholics will only go to places where alcohol is present—you should take the opposite approach, within reason, and steer clear of places that serve alcohol or prioritize it.
Replace drinking with new activities.
Replacing drinking with new activities, such as hiking, going to the movies, reading, or sports, allows you to get your mind off drinking while enjoying something you like. The key, of course, is finding a new activity or hobby that you enjoy. Some people even replace drinking with eating or indulging in desserts, which is perfectly fine as long as you don’t create a new problem.
Don’t give up or beat yourself up if you slip.
Sobriety isn’t a clear and straight path. Some people go off the trail while others are strong enough to eventually have one beer at a time. Everyone’s journey is different, although if you’re an alcoholic and have problems, it’s probably best to stay away from alcohol. If you do slip, don’t beat yourself up. Acknowledge you slipped, get help from your support team, and continue on with your sobriety. Life and people aren’t meant to be perfect.
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Passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship have begun leaving the quarantined vessel in Japan amid heavy criticism over the country’s handling of the outbreak.
According to a Japanese health expert who visited the cruise ship at the port in Yokohama, the situation on board was “completely chaotic”.
US officials said moves to contain the coronavirus “may not have been sufficient”.
Passengers have described the difficult quarantine situation on the cruise ship.
According to recent reports, at least 542 passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess have so far been infected by the Covid-19 virus – the biggest cluster outside mainland China.
The Diamond Princess was carrying 3,700 people in total.
Meanwhile, several nations have evacuated their citizens from the vessel as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise.
On January 16, hundreds of American passengers were removed and placed in quarantine.
The US, the UK, Canada and Australia will place all those released from the Diamond Princess in another 14 days’ quarantine when they return home.
However, several experts have questioned the effectiveness of the quarantine measures on the Diamond Princess.
Japan’s Kentaro Iwata, professor at the infectious diseases division of Kobe University, described the situation on board as “completely inadequate in terms of infection control”.
After visiting the ship, Prof. Kentaro Iwata posted a video to YouTube stating that the quarantine measures he witnessed failed to separate the infected from the healthy.
The professor reported:
Passengers and crew members were moving freely between the green zone, which is supposedly infection-free, and the virus-hit red zone;
People were eating together and sharing living quarters;
A failure to wear protective clothing, including among medical staff
No professional infection control specialist on board.
Prof. Iwata said he was more afraid of catching the virus on board than he had been working in the field in Africa during the Ebola epidemic and in China during the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak.
When you seek the advice of a health care professional and undergo medical testing, you likely assume that the diagnosis you ultimately receive will be correct. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, but when do you have a case for medical malpractice from a misdiagnosis, and when is it considered part of the practice of medicine?
In a general sense, while there are a lot of variables, if a doctor doesn’t make both a timely and accurate diagnosis of a harmful medical condition, you might be able to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice. It’s certainly possible in medical situations that a doctor could have made a diagnosis to the best of their ability, and even if it were wrong, it would be legal medical negligence.
The following are some things to know.
Common Misdiagnosis Situations
There are certain scenarios that can lead to a delayed diagnosis or the wrong diagnosis. Examples include:
Failure to screen for a disease or medical condition
Not following up on the possible causes of symptoms
Misdiagnosis is one of the top reasons for patient deaths, and there are often thousands of patients in the U.S. alone each year that are misdiagnosed, or deal with delayed diagnosis or missed diagnosis.
Many patients who aren’t properly diagnosed also aren’t ever referred to anyone for a second opinion.
What Do You Have to Show?
With medicine, there is always a degree of uncertainty, which is why it’s called the “practice” of medicine. Legally doctors aren’t held responsible for all errors in diagnostics. For a patient who brings forth a malpractice suit, they would need to show three things.
First, you need to prove there was a doctor-patient relationship.
The second thing you need to show is that another doctor in a similar situation and a similar medical role or practice wouldn’t have made the same mistake your doctor made. That shows the doctor was potentially negligent if another doctor wouldn’t have missed the diagnosis in the same way.
Other conditions misdiagnosed are stroke and chronic kidney disease.
When a person is misdiagnosed, or their diagnosis is delayed, it can increase the potential for complications, or expose them to risky treatments that aren’t necessary. It can also increase the risk of death or contribute to someone undergoing an unneeded surgery.
Was the Patient Harmed by the Misdiagnosis?
One of the main considerations to keep in mind with a medical malpractice lawsuit, whether it’s from a misdiagnosis or something similar, is that you’ll need to show some harm. If you can’t show this, it can weaken the potential for a successful lawsuit.
You need to be able to show that if a diagnosis had been made in a timely way, then the condition wouldn’t have progressed in the way that it did.
There are some rare cases in which a doctor may wrongly diagnose a person with something worse than what they have or something when they have nothing at all and you may be able to get damages for that as well if you can show it led to stress, anxiety, medical issues or unnecessary treatment.
Who Can Be Sued?
Typically if you were going to sue for a misdiagnosis, you would sue your primary doctor. In some cases, although rare, other professionals in the health care industry might be liable if their negligence played a role in the patient’s harm.
This could include any specialists, lab techs, and nurses who saw the patient.
A hospital or health care facility can’t be sued because doctors are independent contractors. Doctors aren’t employees of the hospital, so the facility can’t be held responsible if they are negligent.
If you or a loved one suffered as the result of a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis, it might be worth having a conversation with a legal professional. It can be tough to prove in some instances, but if you can prove negligence led to harm you may be able to recover damages.
Chinese health officials have released the first details of more than 44,000 cases of new coronavirus, Covid-19, in the largest study since the outbreak began.
Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk.
The research also points to the high risk to medical staff.
On February 18, a hospital director in the city of Wuhan died from the virus.
Liu Zhiming, 51, was the director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan – one of the leading hospitals in the virus epicenter. He is one of the most senior health officials to die so far.
Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan, is the worst affected province in China.
The report by the CCDC shows the province’s death rate is 2.9% compared with 0.4% in the rest of the country.
The findings put the overall death rate of the coronavirus at 2.3%.
China’s latest official figures released on February 18 put the overall death toll at 1,868 and 72,436 infections.
Officials reported 98 new deaths and 1,886 new cases in the past day, with 93 of those deaths and 1,807 infections in Hubei province – the epicenter of the outbreak.
According to Chinese authorities, more than 12,000 people have recovered.
The study, published in the Chinese Journal of Epidemiology on February 17, looked at more than 44,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in China as of February 11.
While the results largely confirm previous descriptions of the virus and patterns of infection, the study includes a detailed breakdown of the 44,672 confirmed cases across all of China.
The study finds that 80.9% of infections are classified as mild, 13.8% as severe and only 4.7% as critical. The number of deaths among those infected, known as the fatality rate, remains low but rises among those over 80 years old.
Looking at the sex ratio, men are more likely to die (2.8%) than women (1.7%).
The research also identifies which existing illnesses put patients at risk. It puts cardiovascular disease at number one, followed by diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and hypertension.
Pointing out the risk to medical staff, the study says that a total of 3,019 health workers have been infected, 1,716 of which were confirmed cases. Five had died by February 11, which was the last day of data included in the research.
On February 13, China broadened its definition of how to diagnose people, including “clinically diagnosed cases” which previously were counted separate from “confirmed cases”.
Looking forward, the study finds that “the epidemic curve of onset of symptoms” peaked around January 23-26 before declining up to February 11.
It suggests that the downward trend in the overall epidemic curve could mean that “isolation of whole cities, broadcast of critical information (e.g., promoting hand washing, mask wearing, and care seeking) with high frequency through multiple channels, and mobilization of a multi-sector rapid response teams is helping to curb the epidemic”.
The authors also warn that with many people returning from a long holiday, the country “needs to prepare for the possible rebound of the epidemic”.
China’s response to the new coronavirus has seen the lockdown of Wuhan – the largest city in Hubei – and the rest of the province as well as severe travel restrictions on movements across the country.
In the present time, there are so many kinds of cosmetic surgeries that are becoming the talk of the town. As people have become aware of what they need to care about, what options do they have, the easy way outs through surgeries, so they all demand and become attracted to treatments like liposuction? It is a cosmetologically advanced treatment that is known for its amazing results all over the world. It is the best-known treatment done in Turkey, and people from all over the world come to get their services. We are going to share with you the details about it so that you can take advantage of it in all possible ways. Let us get started with it in detail now.
What is Liposuction?
By liposuction surgery by Cosmeticium in Turkey, we mean that treatment that people like to get for the purpose of losing fat. In many cases, you see people are complaining about stubborn fat in their body and that they are unable to get rid of after so much dieting and exercise. Well, liposuction surgery is the solution for this because this procedure helps in taking out fat from the muscles around the stomach, around the upper section of rams, things and hip region. So, liposuction surgery is something that helps you get the slim and trim body you were craving for so long time.
The liposuction surgery in Turkey by Cosmeticium has also known as lip pasty or cosmetic body contouring technique in which the whole-body shape is improved by taking out extra fat in all possible regions that make the body look fat and deformed. liposuction surgery is something that needs a careful examination of the body the procedure is practically started. You can simply do a favor to yourself by hiring the right professional surgeon for this.
What to expect from this procedure?
In Turkey, Liposuction surgery is a procedure that is done by giving the patient enough anesthesia. This is to help the patient avoid any pain during the process. It is very unusual to feel pain during the process due to this precaution, while the pain after the surgery is done is a huge deal. We are going to share with you before and after surgery, precautions to handle your situation well enough and to avoid pain as well. Let us get started with these now.
Before the liposuction surgery in Turkey, you can follow the following points.
Discuss your fears with your doctor about the protocol, the results, the pain, and everything that comes to your mind. This talk will put your mind to ease and help you move to the liposuction surgery.
You have to discuss with your liposuction surgery professional about the kind and the type of anesthesia that will be given to you during the surgery. You can then suggest your needs and make changes accordingly.
As your liposuction surgery professional that you are supposed to need any medication after the liposuction surgery or not. This will help you understand the process more and make advance preparations for it.
After the liposuction surgery in Turkey is done, you must keep in mind the following points to avoid pain.
You should try to get your pills, especially of pain as recommended by the doctor.
Try to use the compression garment after the liposuction surgery because this will help you deal with your body after the surgery and the pain as well.
The drains must be kept in their required place after the liposuction surgery is done.
You have to take enough rest and relax your body as much as you can. Never start working, walking and going out immediately. Give your body the time to heal and come to normal functioning form.
Edema or swelling can occur if you start taking salt, either through food or drinks. So, avoid nay salt intake in your body.
Try to take more and more fluids to avoid nay dehydration of your body.
How to decide if liposuction surgery is for you or not?
There are some simple things or points that will help you decide the fact that if you need any liposuction surgery treatment or not. These include all possible situations occurring in people who need liposuction surgery. These include the following:
You are not a good liposuction surgery candidate if you do not have extra skin on your body.
You do not have good muscle tone, then gain you need to get this procedure done for your body parts.
Elasticity in the skin if not enough present, then liposuction surgery becomes a necessity for you.
If there is stubborn fat on your body, then liposuction surgery is surely for you because it will help you get rid of it.
Your physical shape of the body and overall health if not good, then the liposuction surgery becomes a necessity for you and your body.
If you are overweight and obese, liposuction surgery is for you for sure.
If you smoke, you will need liposuction surgery one or the other day in the future.
This procedure can be a little risky if you get services from any part of the world, other than Turkey because their services are very high class and reliable.
We all want the body that we crave for a very long time. Also, we want to put less effort in terms of dieting and exercise and practice some protocols like liposuction surgery to get rid of the extra fats and to bring the body into the shape we want. This body contouring technique is now quite old and is becoming advance in all procedures with time. So, if you also think that you need this liposuction surgery, then search for the right liposuction surgery center, get in touch with professional liposuction surgery doctor, talk about your needs in detail, and at the end hire with all satisfaction in your heart for your upcoming liposuction surgery.